by Margaret Welwood
How would a small town—well-ordered and supremely manicured—look after invasion by a horde of pink-slippered Slicers and Dicers who cause the townspeople to hide all their cutting tools? And then, how does life go on when nobody can cut anything at all?
Although it is pure fantasy, Scissortown was written for another purpose besides entertainment—a faith-based application at the end gives two examples of children in the Bible as encouragement to show kindness and take the initiative. Scissortown was written for children from the ages of 4 to 8, but younger and older children—and their grown-ups—are enjoying it, too!
Also available without Bible references as Scissortown (Life Application).
Here's what parents and grandparents are saying:
- "The message that children are important, have a voice and are contributing individuals is affirming. The ending is a beautiful reminder of the Kingdom value that Jesus places on children.”—Kim Toews
- "A delightful story with many layers of meaning."—Michelle Dwyer, mother of three, Pastor of Community Life
- "I loved the faith based part at the back. It felt reassuring and loving to read what you have written."—Carolyn Vasileiou, college instructor, mother
I read this book to my two granddaughters, ages 8 & 9, and they were spell-bound by the story. They asked questions, tried to find Katie Cat and were really engrossed by the problem and solutions . . . especially the fact that young children could help out a town. A great story that gives confidence to kids! - Dawn Doyle, author, "The Hip Hope Dancer"
I LOVE this book! Lindsay, age seven
I thought it was very cool how the children were distracting the Slicers and Dicers with stories about nail clippers, bread knives and can openers, and the onion floating in the spaghetti sauce is so funny. It's so different from today's stories. - Grace Kruchkowski, mother, grandmother, retired teacher
I have read my children many stories, but I have not read them one like this. So unique! Such depth! So beautifully illustrated! Joyce Stryker, retired teacher, mother, grandmother
An intriguing book that especially caught my attention when the Slicers and Dicers came to town! An unexpected ending that challenged me to rethink the "shushing" of children. And kids everywhere will appreciate a book about "sharp things." (Did I mention the amazing illustrations?) - Jody Penner, mother, grandmother, educational assistant, Ministry Arts Coordinator
The book is a sweet surprise! Illustrations are beautiful and an integral part of the whole. The storyline may raise questions, but will also encourage conversation with your kids. - Teresa Rempel, educational assistant, mother of four
I just read your book, and it is WONDERFUL!!! I loved it every step of the way! It is intriguing, unique and beautiful! You and the illustrator have done a fantastic job! Way to go! I loved the faith-based part at the back. It felt reassuring and loving to read what you had written. - Carolyn Vasileiou, college instructor, mother
I appreciated the many opportunities the book gave to lead into the meaningful discussion, as well as the flexibility to pull various life lessons from it. - Farrell Clark, mother of four, pastor's wife
"Scissortown" is a fun, beautifully illustrated story. It teaches children the importance of being responsible and using their thinking skills to solve problems. - Martin Pierce, author & blogger, @mrtpierce
"Scissortown" recounts how a neat and well-oiled community is obliged to take extreme action when over-zealous scissorers, namely the Slicers and Dicers, hit town. Beautifully illustrated, this sweet tale will enchant any child, not least through its amusing exploration of the possible consequences of a life without scissors. Bobbie Ann Cole, author of "She Does Not Fear the Snow," her personal Ruth story.
From the author...
Great Aunt Lily taught me to read, my mother parked me in the book section of The Bay while she did her shopping, and my grade 12 English teacher encouraged me to write.
So here we are *several* years later . . . .
I have written over 100 traditionally published magazine and newspaper articles. I also edited a diabetes education guide that won first place in the reference category of the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2010).
And I taught English as a Second Language for years with stories as a mainstay.
Now a new door has opened into Storyland . . . the world I’m exploring with my grandchildren. My first picture book for children, "Scissortown," is the only one I know of that offers a choice of inside back cover. "Marie and Mr. Bee" offers a choice of last page.
"Little Bunny's Own Storybook" is a celebration of libraries, literacy, family, and the initiative and creativity of children (both human and rabbit).
I also like to encourage young readers and writers--my site features stories and art by children 7-12 years old. You may wish to check out some of their interesting and colorful creations.
A weekly storytime with young children as well as time spent with my grandchildren have made for some interesting discoveries about children's literature. I blog about these discoveries and review my top picks on Goodreads and other sites.
Locally, I help adults improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills one-on-one. I also offer editing and proofreading services.